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Anytime is a good time for a remodel

By From page HS5 | July 05, 2013

By Jeff Nilluka

As we state on our website: “Anytime is a good time for a remodel.”

High heat, rain or snow, there is always a way for a more comfortable lifestyle. Of course you really don’t want to rip open your home and add on in the dead of winter, but there are phases. Your contractor knows the phases for a remodel and the steps to take.

For instance, if you did want to do an addition on your home or add a second floor; your contractor would know the correct months to open it up, frame it and seal it up and do the finish on the inside. Keep in mind an addition isn’t a quick job like you might see on certain television shows that do it in three days. There is first meeting with an architect who will meet with their engineer, and then you meet with a contractor. After meeting with your contractor, he needs to meet with all his subcontractors to get his prices together and get the bid done to present to the homeowner.

Everything seems good, you check with the Contractors State License Board to make sure they are licensed, sign the contract and give them your deposit. (No more than $1,000 deposit for jobs costing more than $10,000 is the law). Then the permit process begins. This sometimes takes a while and needs to be taken in consideration when starting of the job.

As a homeowner, you have a choice of going down and pulling your own permit with the city/county or hiring your contractor to pull it. Keep in mind if you pull it as a homeowner, your contractor will most likely have you call for the inspections and you will have to meet with the inspector and answer all the questions. Not exactly a smart idea to cut that cost out; it could become more of a hassle for a homeowner. Some jobs of course don’t need a permit but for an addition as we are talking about above, you absolutely will.

If you are considering a remodel inside the home — a bathroom or kitchen remodel or maybe floors, doors or mouldings — your contractor will most likely use your garage to do the cutting and messy work if it’s rainy weather, or your driveway or backyard. In front is always fun because it brings curiosity from those nosey neighbors and potential clients for the contractor. Nonetheless, the weather is something we deal with on a day-to-day basis and generally have a way around most of it.

I do enjoy those homeowners that worry about me and keeping me hydrated, especially with this crazy heat wave. Always making sure I have plenty to drink and making sure I’m eating lunch. Some offer meals, but I always decline because my wife has made me my lunch since before we were married 13 years ago.

Don’t hesitate to contact your local contractor to see about what they might be able to do for you and your home to make it more comfortable.


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